Cloverfield

Directed By: Matt Reeves Starring: Michael Stahl-David Mike Vogel

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Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 208341969
UPC 097361390840
UPC 14 00097361390840
Format DVD
Release Date 8/3/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Monsters
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Matt Reeves (THE PALLBEARER) and producer J. J. Abrams (LOST, ALIAS) turn a mysterious monster loose in Manhattan in the disaster flick CLOVERFIELD. The movie begins at a party for Rob (Michael Stahl-David), who has accepted a promotion that will send him to Japan. Hud (T. J. Miller) is entrusted with the responsibility of videotaping the party--and as the trouble grows, he holds on to the camera, recording everything that happens. In fact, the entire movie is seen through the lens of his camera, reminiscent of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. As terrified people in a post-9/11 New York City take to the streets, Rob decides to head uptown to try to save Beth (Odette Yustman), the woman he loves, though he's afraid to tell her so. Rob is joined by his brother Jason (Mike Vogel), Jason's girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas), Lily's friend Marlena (Lizzy Caplan), and Hud, who has a thing for Marlena. Rob is determined not to give up, even after almost being crushed by the Statue of Liberty's head and as the military shows up to force evacuation of the city. Reeves and first-time screenwriter Drew Goddard, who previously has written television episodes of such series as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, ALIAS, and LOST, focus in on the central aspect of the story: people trying to survive the monster attack. Very little else is explained, since the story is told completely through the video camera. And there is no additional score to heighten the drama; the only music is that which is picked up by Hud and the camera's microphone, including snippets of songs by Kings of Leon, Parliament Funkadelic, Of Montreal, and others. The anticipation of CLOVERFIELD's release was enhanced by a viral marketing campaign that included Web sites built around the main characters and even the fictional drink Slusho.
Reviews
USA Today "CLOVERFIELD is a surprisingly gripping thriller. Employing a pseudo-documentary handheld camera style, it offers a fresh spin on the monster movie genre." 01/20/2008
Los Angeles Times "There is a visceral, pit-of-the-stomach dread to the scenes of urban destruction that rise above mere genre." 01/18/2008
Entertainment Weekly "[A] surreptitiously subversive, stylistically clever little gem of an entertainment..." -- Grade: B 01/25/2008 p.54
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "CLOVERFIELD brings a new, more primal fear to the monster movie....[Made with] whip-smart invention and brilliant simplicity." 03/01/2008 p.48
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Breathless blockbuster entertainment with a bracing political payload and satire to spare." 04/01/2008 p.54
Sight and Sound "[T]he production team's integration of handheld low-light long-take camerawork and effects is a peculiarly austere marvel....CLOVERFIELD's uncomprehending vision can be chilling..." 04/01/2008 p.51
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] film that delivers a clever twist on perhaps the oldest sci-fi/horror staple of all: The Giant Monster Movie." 01/17/2008
Directors
Matt Reeves
Actors
Michael Stahl-David
Mike Vogel
Cast & Crew
Michael Stahl-David - Star
Jessica Lucas - Star
Odette Yustman - Star
Mike Vogel - Star
T.J. Miller - Star
Lizzy Caplan - Star
Kevin Stitt - Editor
Jeffrey Abrams - Producer
Bryan Burk - Producer
Guy Riedel - Executive Producer
Drew Goddard - Screenwriter
Sherryl Clark - Executive Producer
Michael Bonvillain - Director of Photography
Matt Reeves - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 139084
UPC 00097361390840
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 84 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Vogel,Mike
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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